Alive and well; Natsume’s Book of Friends S6

Yes, I’m still around! I’m mostly playing the accordion nowadays; it’s not exactly the best instrument to have engraved arrangements for.

I recently took my first step into the realm of anime music and made a little arrangement for the opening theme of Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (Natsume’s Book of Friends, season 6), which began airing a couple of days ago. I picked up on the series last summer and… well, let’s just say I can easily dash off a dozen posts on my love for the bittersweet stories and characters, but that’s not what this blog is for.

I got overjoyed at the quotation of Pomp and Circumstance, plus the use of what sounds like the accordion or a portable pump organ. The full version of the song, Floria, will be released in May. Until then, if you are as desperate for music as I am, here is something to keep you busy!

Click on score below to download. Rated intermediate level as it is in G-flat major. Enjoy!

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I’m also working on an accordion cover, but sshhh… don’t tell anyone!

HtTYD for Four Hands

Well, because sometimes two just aren’t enough!

Three new arrangements are now published on Tintinpiano.com, each priced at 50 TWD ($1.70 USD), as always. Score fragments with audio playback are available for preview on YouTube:

Crude copies of the first two were briefly uploaded last summer for a few days before security concerns prompted me to take them down. They have been further proofplayed and trimmed since then, so you’re still getting a better deal compared to the few lucky buggers who were around!

If you are unsure of the quality of these four-hand arrangements, you can use the two piano version of Forbidden Friendship as a free demo – you be the judge!

Suite from Mulan, Childhood Memories

And the arranger finally found time to record!

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of Mulan, one of Disney’s last jewels before full-blown 3-D animation took over. To pay my homage, I’ve written an original arrangement of the symphonic suite (strange, considering it’s been fifteen years).

Click here for the purchase link and preview.

To put it this way: as a child, I was in love with this soundtrack as much as lots of you are today with How to Train Your Dragon. My parents had to teach me to how use the CD player because I couldn’t wait for them to come over to hit the replay button every time. More importantly, though, the soundtrack – this track in particular – showed me that animation film music can be epic and mind-blowing as well.

Well, look what I’m doing fifteen years later.

“Your Eyes” Piano Solo

Piano arrangement of Arashi’s “Your Eyes” has been posted to Other Scores. The score was made at my sister’s suggestion. Although not an particularly avid fan of Japanese pop myself, it was a great chance to take another break from the project for a day or two. Besides, it was a lot of fun to elaborate an otherwise simple piano arrangement with what I learned from making the HtTYD score. The only thing that caught me off guard was the extensive dotted rhythm in the melody, which I guess is to be expected of modern songs after all. That only prepares me all for the better for Jónsi’s “Sticks and Stones”!

For any Arashi fans out there: this is the extended version.